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Right-wing Repub­li­can vic­tory: A hard-right former judge, who has been de­scribed as an evan­gel­i­cal Chris­tian “ex­trem­ist”, won Alabama’s Repub­li­can Se­nate pri­mary last week. Roy Moore’s vic­tory was hailed as a tri­umph for the anti-es­tab­lish­ment con­ser­va­tive base that cat­a­pulted Don­ald Trump to the White House. But para­dox­i­cally, it came as a hu­mil­i­at­ing blow to Trump him­self: the pres­i­dent had sided with Repub­li­can con­gres­sional lead­ers in strongly back­ing the de­feated can­di­date, Luther Strange. Moore, how­ever, had the sup­port of Steve Ban­non, the former White House strate­gist who is now back in charge of the alt-right Bre­it­bart news web­site. Some an­a­lysts have de­scribed Moore’s vic­tory as the open­ing salvo in a po­ten­tial Repub­li­can civil war in the run-up to 2018’s midterm elec­tions.

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